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Is my Bridgestone CB-0 a "classic?"

Old 12-03-18, 12:50 PM
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Originally Posted by gugie
Bridgestone didn't benefit much at all, as their exit from the US market shows.

Grant Petersen benefited from very clever marketing as it helped create a cult following of his contrarian ideas.
The spec catalogs were cleverly written like short story/magazine articles which definitely aided in elevating the bikes to cult status (not at the time they were written) but after the brand left the US market.

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/bridges...ne-1991-24.htm


https://www.sheldonbrown.com/bridgestone/1991/index.htm

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Originally Posted by gugie
Bridgestone didn't benefit much at all, as their exit from the US market shows.


Grant Petersen benefited from very clever marketing as it helped create a cult following of his contrarian ideas.

Bridgestone's exit from the USA market was due to currency fluctuation between the Yen and USA Dollar. Of the four big Japanese manufacturers they were outlasted in the USA by only Fuji. Bridgestone survived Miyata by three years and Panasonic by five years, so it can be argued that Bridgestone did benefit.


Bridgestone's marketing, starting in the very late 1980s, carefully cultivated a hipster image. Bridgestone was considered a cult bicycle several years before they abandoned the USA market and before Peterson's name became known to the cycling public. The current reputation is built on that which was already well established before Bridgestone exited the USA market.

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Originally Posted by T-Mar
Bridgestone's exit from the USA market was due to currency fluctuation between the Yen and USA Dollar. Of the four big Japanese manufacturers they were outlasted in the USA by only Fuji. Bridgestone survived Miyata by three years and Panasonic by five years, so it can be argued that Bridgestone did benefit.

Bridgestone's marketing, starting in the very late 1980s, carefully cultivated a hipster image. Bridgestone was considered a cult bicycle several years before they abandoned the USA market and before Peterson's name became known to the cycling public. The current reputation is built on that which was already well established before Bridgestone exited the USA market.
That's one way to spin it. During Grant's tenure, but prior to the Yen devaluation, Bridgestone was outsold by the other biike manufacturers. Did Bridgestone make a profit in the US those last few years? My understanding is that they weren't.
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Originally Posted by gugie
That's one way to spin it. During Grant's tenure, but prior to the Yen devaluation, Bridgestone was outsold by the other biike manufacturers. Did Bridgestone make a profit in the US those last few years? My understanding is that they weren't.
Believe what you will but I assure you, this is not a "spin". It's my actual recollection of the era based on personal experience, observations and conversations with other cyclists and those in the industry.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar
Believe what you will but I assure you, this is not a "spin". It's my actual recollection of the era based on personal experience, observations and conversations with other cyclists and those in the industry.
But I'd still like to know if Bridgestone was profitable during Grant's tenure. Not blaming him per se, but if they weren't profitable, how was this a benefit to the parent company? A quick perusal of the interwebs didn't help me find any information on the subject.

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Bridgestone , Dropped the US bicycle market, they still serve their home market.. Japan..

US just gets their Tires , for motor vehicles, now..
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Originally Posted by gugie
Bridgestone didn't benefit much at all, as their exit from the US market shows.

Grant Petersen benefited from very clever marketing as it helped create a cult following of his contrarian ideas.
Wasn't the "clever marketing" Grant's contribution? Bridgestone supplied him the product and the soapbox to stand on.

It seems to me that so much of the steel aesthetic "bike culture" of today is (at this point) based on a lot of the "contrarian ideas" popularized through the Bridgestone catalogs.
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Not a Bridgestone 'classic' but a very worthy daily rider/work horse.
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I'm so excited to see this thread! I have a Bridgestone CB-0 in black. I bought it in Chicago, and used it for a commuter. That was back in 1990. I love the thing. Even with all those miles on it, it has all the original parts except for the bottom bracket, because I cracked a cup. It's hanging in the garage while I'm riding an omafiets right now. But plan to clean it and polish it up a bit, maybe even ride it some this summer.
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Why not resurrect this thread once more since it's only a bit under 4 years this time since last post?

I have the 1990 CB-O in black and like it.

Note: Mine is changed up a lot.
I don't think there are many original parts left if any.
I'd have to look hard to see.

Interesting that this catalog page mentions the TT and ST are 1" (25.4) and the down tube oversized.

Including the 1990 catalog page.



This tube set sticker pic is from my bike as are the two below.


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Old 01-29-24, 07:32 PM
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HAHA this thread lasted so long, the subject bike, which I would NOT have called "classic" at the time the thread started, has since landed square in the "classic" realm.

So start posting new threads about your 5-year-old black carbon clones now! If any of them last another 20-ish years, just re-animate the thread and...... oh, never mind.

So is it complete coincidence that I just discovered a 1990-ish CB-2 on the local CL?
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